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Investigator approached by drug dealers

A drug investigator had a case literally thrown in his lap last week, resulting in one arrest. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Inv. Mark Mallory was traveling in an unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle Aug. 30 just after 10 p.m. when he approached the intersection of Palm Street and Lockwood Avenue and noticed four males standing beside the road. His window was down, he waved at the men, and one of them asked, “What you looking for? You looking for trees?” Inv. Mallory knew the man was referring to marijuana so he played along, asking for $40 worth of pot. He realized he only had $20 on him and was directed to a man holding a back pack and was told, “See him for the trees.” The man then said, “Don’t try nothing, we got a Glock.” During the transaction, Inv. Mallory noticed more baggies of marijuana in the back pack. As the exchange was made, Inv. Mallory grabbed the man’s wrist, told him he was an officer and that he was under arrest. The other three subjects ran as the man, identified as Fountain, was taken into custody. He said he was new in the area and didn’t know Mallory was an officer. A search of the back pack turned up 11 bags of marijuana packaged to sell. Fountain was booked into the Calhoun County Jail and remained in custody at press time.

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